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April 2021: Frankfurt Lectures on Pathways through Early Modern Christianities

The POLY research group — Polycentricity and Plurality of Premodern Christianities (circa 700–1800 CE) — is hosting an online lecture series between April 2021 and June 2021.   The purpose of the the Frankfurt Lectures on Pathways through Early Modern Christianities is to facilitate the discussion of “the fascinating nature of early modern religious life,” with […]

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November 2020: Lumen Christi Institute hosts John O’Malley, SJ, on “Venerating the Saints”

On November 1, the Lumen Christi Institute hosts a virtual lecture by Georgetown’s John O’Malley, SJ: “Venerating the Saints: An Ancient Tradition Actual Today.” The event is free and open to the public.   Coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, O’Malley’s presentation will argue that “few Christian practices are as ancient and widely popular

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What the Sacred Heart of Christ Means to the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe (1970)

Pedro Arrupe delivered the following homily at the Shrine of the Great Promise (Santuario de la Gran Promesa) in Valladolid, Spain, on May 8, 1970. The celebration took place on Arrupe’s first visit to Spain after his election as the Jesuits’ Superior General in 1965. The shrine marks the location of a former Jesuit theologate’s church

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“Fools for Christ,” Simão Rodrigues (1547)

Simão Rodrigues, one of Ignatius’s first companions in founding the Society of Jesus, became the founding provincial of the Portuguese province in 1546. In Coimbra, Portugal, his fellow Jesuits opposed Rodrigues’s unique training methods for Jesuit scholastics. Men like Francisco Estrada and others objected to the policy that scholastics had to reproduce the saints’ humiliating

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“Ecumenical Dialogue with other Christian Churches,” Pedro Arrupe (1971)

In September 1971, Pedro Arrupe, the Jesuits’ superior general, spoke before a group representing different Christian churches. The event took place at the Cardinal Bea Institute on Ecumenism at Manila’s Loyola School of Theology.  In the remarks below, Arrupe notes a number of examples of “real collaboration between the Catholics and the Christian Churches,” observing

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“Faith and Justice for European Christians,” Pedro Arrupe (1976)

Pedro Arrupe delivered the following address—on the responsibility of European Christians to pursue faith and justice in the “third world”—in Frankfurt, Germany, in November 1976. He spoke at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Sankt Georgen Institute for Higher Philosophical and Theological Studies of the German Jesuits. Conceding that there

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“Ecclesial Service of the Christian Life Communities,” Pedro Arrupe (1976)

Pedro Arrupe delivered the following message to the 1976 General Assembly of the Executive Council of World Federation to celebrate the service provided by the Christian Life Community (CLC). The CLC is an international group of lay Christians that receives inspiration from Jesuit spirituality and receives guidance from Jesuits themselves. Arrupe focuses his remarks on

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